An Ironton man is scheduled to arraigned today on charges stemming from him allegedly taking delivery of a package containing more than 10 pounds of marijuana on Monday.
Ian Terril Edens, 25, of the 500 block of North Sixth Street, was arrested Monday and charged with two counts of trafficking in drugs (marijuana) in the presence of a juvenile and within the vicinity of a school, both of which are second-degree felonies, according to a news release from the office of Lawrence County Sheriff Jeff Lawless.
Authorities launched an investigation on Friday after two suspicious packages were sent via the U.S. mail to the Ironton Post Office for delivery. The packages were to be delivered to Edens at the 700 block of Walnut Street and the second was addressed to another person in the 500 block of North Sixth Street, Lawless said.
A drug-sniffing police dog alerted officers to the packages and a federal search warrant was obtained to open them, the sheriff said. The two parcels combined contained about 19 pounds of marijuana. The package addressed to Edens had 10.1 pounds of marijuana in it.
Four separate Lawrence County Common Pleas Court search warrants were obtained by the sheriff’s department and the Lawrence Drug and Major Crimes Task Force to track the two packages and search the two residences upon delivery.
Local authorities, along with postal inspectors from Columbus and Cincinnati and FBI agents, made controlled deliveries of the packages to the two addresses on Monday. Search warrants were then executed at both residences and the packages were recovered, along with other miscellaneous evidence, Lawless said.
Edens was lodged in the Lawrence County Jail. He is scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. today in Ironton Municipal Court.
KENNETH HART can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (606) 326-2654.